Sam Altman, the high-profile chief executive of OpenAI, who became the face of the tech industry’s A.I. boom, has been pushed out of the company by its board of directors, OpenAI said in a blog post on Friday afternoon.
Mira Murati, who previously served as the company’s chief technology officer, has been named interim chief executive officer, the company said.
“Mr. Altman’s departure follows a deliberative review process by the board, which concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities,” the company said. “The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.”
Greg Brockman, who helped found OpenAI alongside Mr. Altman, will step down as chairman of the board but remain in his role at the company, reporting to the C.E.O., the company said.
OpenAI, a start-up based in San Francisco, launched an industrywide A.I. frenzy late last year when it released the online chatbot ChatGPT. The chatbot attracted hundreds of millions of users, wowing people with the way it answered questions, wrote poetry and discussed almost any topic tossed its way.
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